I am writing this post on Sunday so let me set the scene; its cold, wet, wild and miserable outside. It was much the same yesterday. I am training for Westport’s Sea 2 Summit, which takes place in two weeks so yesterday was the last Saturday to do a full training session, from now on we taper to avoid injury. Yesterday my training group and I did the whole course. So I spent three hours out running, cycling, hiking, cycling and running in strong winds right on the west coast of Ireland. To say the wind smacked the face off of me is putting it very politely but hey, I did enough swearing yesterday. So as you might guess I am in no rush to leave the house today. With the clock going back an hour last night, it feels like I have loads of time to do some pampering and use all the products that I buy to treat myself and then never have the time to use.
First up is my favourite face mask combo, you can read about them here. I start with Dermalogica Multi Vitamin Power Recovery Mask because my face definitely needs it today. Then fill the bath with hot water and throw in a cup of Epson Salts. If you don’t have Epson Salts you really should get some, they are a wonder cure all; I can’t even begin to tell you all their uses. I use them in a hot bath when I am all achy. I also bath in them when I have a chesty cough. Supposedly they draw out toxins and impurities through your pores. Apparently models bath in Epson Salts before photo shoots to reduce water retention. While I have never got out of the bath feeling a dress size smaller, if I soak puffy feet in a basin with Epson Salts the swelling goes down. While in the bath I pop one of the Pantene Strength and Shine 1 Minute Wonder Ampoules in to bring back some shine to my locks. After a long soak, I use Caudalie Divine Oil to moisturise my skin and the gorgeous scent is the ultimate indulgence.
After the bath comes the second mask, Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energising Mask. I find using this after the Dermalogica one really brightens my complexion and softens my skin. After the two masks I treat my skin to doubling up on the usual amounts of Serum and Moisturiser, at the moment I am using L’Oreal Revitalift Laser Renew and Magic Blur.
On to hands to finish, I do my DIY heated manicure that I told you about in this post. I love doing this; it’s so nice to have warm hands for a change.
After all this I feel brand new. I am toying with the idea of heading out tonight because I am feeling like a million bucks and hopefully looking like it too.
What are your favourite home treatments?
Like most women, I would always have a can of dry shampoo hanging around. However, I don’t actually use it all that often because (1) even though I have oily skin on my face my scalp isn’t as oily so my hair wouldn’t be greasy after one day of not shampooing and (2) I do some form of exercise at least four but usually five days a week and because I sweat a lot around my hair line I have to wash my hair after. I mainly use dry shampoo to give my hair a little lift and texture in the mornings if I am leaving my hair down and have showered the night before. Until recently dry shampoo was a fairly basic product that was essentially spray-able powder in a can that dried up the appearance of natural hair oils, but lately there has been a trend of new and improved dry shampoo products.
I was sent two of the new Pantene Pro-V Dry Shampoos to try. I have Instant Refresh and Volume Booster but there is also a Colour Saviour in the range. Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo does what it says on the can; it revives and refreshes limp lifeless hair in-between washes. Volume Booster Dry Shampoo also revives and refreshes hair between washes but it also adds volume. As someone with straight, fine hair, obviously Volume Booster is my favourite because it gives my hair a nice bit of lift and adds a bit of texture to make styling easy. I have been using Volume Booster instead of hairspray to backcomb to add a bit of volume to quiffs and ponytails. I am guessing that someone who has thick hair would prefer Instant Refresh because they wouldn’t want any more volume and instead would prefer a sleeker finish. The main thing to point out is that there is no white powder with these so you don’t have to spend ages trying to brush out the evidence, which should please any of you that have made the same mistake as me and blasted your hair with white powder in a can after putting on a dark coloured top. The active oil absorber contains Tapioca Starch, which leaves no visible residue, meaning it’s quick and easy to use in the morning rush.
Another plus point is that they smelly really lovely; this is handy if you washed your hair after the gym and then cooked a curry for dinner, which you can still smell on your hair the next morning. They retail at €2.59 for 65ml and €5.19 for 180ml.
Will you be trying any of these?
My last few hair care posts have been all about the products that will help us get big voluminous hair (like these Aussie Mousses). Just as us mere mortals have access to affordable products that will help us get big celebrity swishy hair, what happens? That’s right! X-Factor news breaks and Cheryl Cole goes and steps back into the public light with smooth sleek hair. As much as I hate to admit it, love or hate her, the fact is that she drives trends and if she continues to step out with sleek straight hair then we will all be shunning our new found volume for slinky sleek hair. Luckily I was sent Pantene Pro V’s new Dry Oils. There are two, Vitamin E Repair and Protect and Argan Oil Smooth & Sleek.
The problem with volumising products is that they add the volume by creating texture. Texture basically means it’s impossible to comb your hair, especially when it is wet and when it’s dry there really isn’t much shine. So I have been using these dry oils after my volumising shampoo and conditioner. I keep swapping back and forth between Vitamin E Repair and Protect and Argan Oil Smooth & Sleek. I find one pump is enough for me, my hair is long but it is also straight and fine. I start at the ends and work it up the hair before blow drying, I also love rubbing any excess into my hands and cuticles. My hair still has some volume but now it is lots shinier and easier to brush. Even though they are oils, they are dry oils so they are lightweight and hair is left with plenty of movement. They also smell nice but the fragrance is subtle and delicate.
The Smooth & Sleek Dry Oil with Argan Oil helps repair dry and damaged hair, leaving it looking healthy and shiny. The Repair and Protect Dry Oil with Vitamin E helps prevent damage from styling so your hair won’t get fried by your straighteners. Luckily I have both so I don’t need to decide which one I need but at €8.99 you don’t have to agonise too long over your decision. Since one pump is enough for me, these will last me ages, so they are good value.
Will you be ditching the volume for smooth and sleek hair?
Just in case the Youth Protect 7 Range from Pantene that I showed you last week wasn’t enough to repair your tresses I have another little hero product from Pantene to tell you about. The Strength and Shine 1 Minute Wonder Ampoules help repair the damage done by colouring your hair in just one minute. I have been colouring my hair for years so I was delighted when these arrived in the post.
I thought this would be like the conditioners you get in home hair colouring kits. They are similar in that you use one once a week and you leave it for a minute or so before rinsing. Like those conditioners, it also leaves hair soft and silky. The difference is in the final results. The Strength and Shine 1 Minute Wonder repairs damage already done and helps protect it from future damage to leave hair strong and shiny. What really impressed me was that it didn’t weigh my hair down like the home hair colouring kit conditioners. They normally leave my hair really flat but the 1 Minute Wonder left it with body as well as lots of shine.
There are three in a pack for about €5.69. My hair is straight and fine so half of the ampoule is enough for one application meaning a pack should last me 6 weeks, so it’s really good value for me. If you have thick or frizzy hair you may need to use the whole vial but it’s still a good price for shiny healthy hair.
Pantene Pro-V have launched their new Youth Protect 7 range and I have the Shampoo, Conditioner, 2 min Rejuvenating Conditioner and BB Crème to tell you about. I know what you are thinking; anti-aging and BB crèmes for hair, give me a break. I’ll admit, I’m spending more and more on anti-aging skincare, but I haven’t given anti-aging hair care a single thought until these were sent to me to try. But think about it for a minute; shiny, full and bouncy hair really does give that youthful glow. There is no point in spending lots of money on expensive skincare if dry, brittle, thin and damaged hair is going to give the game away. Pantene’s Youth Protect 7 range is the first to bridge how we care for our hair with how we already care for our skin.
As for the individual products:
The Shampoo is a light weight formula that cleanses hair and strengthens it to protect it from breakage. (€3.45)
The conditioner nourishes and repairs damage while also strengthening from breakage all without weighing it down. (€3.45)
The Rejuvenating Conditioner is a 2 minute treatment which delivers intense nourishment to the hair. (€5.69)
And then the BB Crème, I know we may be feeling a bit BB, and CC’d out at the moment but we’ll forgive this for its name because it is a great product. It’s a light weight leave-in formula that gives hair a shiny and silky smooth finish. It also protects hair from damage and styling. (€8.99)
In the interest of research for the blog I used all of the above products together to see how my hair would turn out. I was afraid my hair would end up greaser after, than it was before. I needn’t have worried. I was surprised by how full and bouncy my hair was after using all these conditioning and nourishing products. Those words usually mean your hair will be shiny but flat. My hair was really lifted at the roots for me styling it myself. All I did was the usual blow-dry my hair upside down and then turn the ends in. So the final result is shiny swishy hair that smells really pretty. Me likes, me likes a lot.
Do you plan on starting an anti-aging regime for your hair?